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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Get Inspired with Great Western Railway | Travelling to school on the train

I was brought up in a small town in the Cotswolds and from the age of 9, I travelled to school in Oxford on the train, and then a bus. I travelled on Great Western Railway (GWR) and it totally fuelled my love of trains. Around the same time, I started a poetry book, optimistically numbering an index from one to ninety-five, but somehow only managed to fill three pages of poems. To be fair, there might be a very good reason for this!

Thankfully, my poetry improved a little, but it's not an avenue I have ventured down very often! Results of a recent survey show that over a third of Brits feel they have lost their creativity since becoming an adult. Thankfully, my blog helped me to find my creative outlet and I am eternally grateful for it. To help adults find their creativity, GWR has launched an Inspired Lines campaign. The campaign encourages you to be inspired by the fabulous views on the journey on any GWR line and put pen to paper and write a poem. Blur’s Alex James, who now resides in the West Country, was the first to use his inspiration to create a poem. GWR asks passengers to submit their own poem at in order to win free travel on the GWR line. Alex James is also going to be a judge to the GWR competition.

I have decided not to write you a new poem, but have dug out the two poems I wrote in 'my book of poems' when I was 9, both simply titled 'Trains'. Enjoy!

GWR trains

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Georgie the Interactive Puppy Review

My daughter has been begging me for a puppy for about the past two years. She loves dogs. She often pretends to be a dog and has the bark down to a fine tee. In fact, if she barks outside, other dogs start barking too! We were asked to try out Georgie, an interactive puppy and I knew that she would be absolutely delighted. It also lets me off the hook for a bit too, and I have the bonus of not having to clean up puppy poo!

Georgie the interactive dog


Monday, 10 October 2016

Baby Born Interactive Wonderland Dragon Review & Giveaway

My daughter has had an absolutely fantastic time trying out the new Baby Born Interactive Wonderland Dragon. We have previously reviewed the Baby Born Interactive Unicorn, and the dragon is a new addition to the Wonderland Series. I think the series is a great addition to the Baby Born range and really sets little imaginations free. The dragon is incredibly cute. It's purple and fluffy with rainbow wings and sparkly eyes!

Baby Born Interactive Wonderland Dragon

Friday, 7 October 2016

Your YouTube #88

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube. The video I have chosen this week comes from Jess McGlynn from Catch a Single Thought. She did a 5K colour run with her children which looks like so much fun. I chose it because I was meant to run a colour run this week but due to the logistics of having to get my daughter to her karate lesson, I couldn't! Next time I shall make sure I plan it better. I really enjoyed watching Jess' video. The colour stations looked like they had so much paint being thrown. It's a great idea for a family fun run.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Tesco Hygro Towel Challenge #ad

Tesco challenged me to try out their Hygro towels to see how durable they really are. Before I started running the B&B, I had no idea how dirty towels can get. They are regularly used to take off make-up, rub off fake tan and clean up bodily fluids *nice*. So I need the towels that we use to be well made, durable, able to withstand being washed at high temperatures and tumble dried on an almost daily basis.


Friday, 30 September 2016

September Month in a Minute

Oh my goodness, September has been absolutely mental! The B&B has been really busy (it always is in September), work has been manic. I am surprised we have managed to fit so much into the month considering how busy we've been with everything! September saw the children back at school (and my sanity slowly returning). Although we're now back to football and rugby at weekends and my daughter has recently started karate on a Saturday. I quite like the hustle and bustle of back to school though. I'm a person who really likes routine and the school holidays throw me off a bit!

I now have just two more weekends work at the B&B before we head off on our summer holiday and I am counting the time down. I absolutely can't wait to not have to clean or cook for ten days. It's going to be bliss! Here is my September in a minute. Enjoy.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Top 5 Legoland Windsor Tips

In the summer of 2015 we headed to Legoland Windsor for our first ever trip. We booked to go for one day, on the way back from my dad's house in Oxford to our house in Yorkshire. It rained the whole time we were there. Not fine rain, but torrential rain. Squeaky feet and soggy socks kind of rain. The kind of rain that makes putting dry socks on at lunchtime one of the highlights of the day! So it was with some trepidation that I booked a two day trip to Legoland for the summer of 2016. I booked in January during their sales and got a fantastic deal for two days plus a stay in a nearby hotel.

Legoland Windsor tips


Sunday, 25 September 2016

25.09.16 Silent Sunday



Friday, 23 September 2016

Your YouTube #86

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube.

The video I have chosen this week comes from Tas D, whose video of a family trip to vista's the Kelpies in Falkirk was amazing. I have to admit to never having heard of them before but the video made some me want to visit!


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Barbie Star Light Adventure Review

My daughter has recently decided that she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. This is a huge step as whenever we have previously asked her, she's always answered with "just a human" or "just a person". I fully believe that if she actually wants to be an astronaut then she will be. She's simply not the kind of girl who gives up on things! The same week that she came to this great realisation, she received a Barbie Star Light Adventure doll. A cosmic space Barbie who comes with a flying cat.

Barbie Star Light Adventure
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